Hickory -In July, Catawba Valley Community College kicks off an exciting learning opportunity for high school students and K-12 teachers.

The program, called GenCyber, is designed to help educators and students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity, and increase awareness about careers in the cybersecurity workforce.

The camp is offered at no cost to participants.

GenCyber is funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. More than 130 universities, non-profit organizations, and K-12 school systems in 39 states are hosting GenCyber summer camps this year. Officials plan to expand from the current 131 camps to 200 by 2020.

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Teacher camps will run Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 21

Student camps will run Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

The location is Catawba Valley Community College – Hickory, North Carolina.

Contact Catawba Valley Community College – Rick Barnes, 828-327-7000 x4312 or rbarnes@cvcc.edu

Constantly growing and changing cyber threats in today’s digital world have dramatically expanded the demand for cybersecurity experts in both the public and private sectors of our nation.

“We live in an online world and cybersecurity impacts everyone. The GenCyber program introduces students and teachers to the fundamentals of cybersecurity and the essentials of online safety. Over the last three years, we have reached thousands of K-12 students and teachers who may have otherwise missed the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity.

GenCyber is impacting lives and increasing the number of students interested in pursuing cybersecurity studies and ultimately joining the cybersecurity workforce of the future,” said Tina Ladabouche, GenCyber Program Manager.

The GenCyber program enlists both public and private partners to assist in the mission of inspiring and growing the next generation of cyber warriors and security experts.

Visit the official GenCyber website www.gen-cyber.info to find a camp near you and register. Also check out NSA on Twitter @NSAGov for the latest GenCyber happenings. For more information on GenCyber camps: www.gen-cyber.com